Necessary Neutrals

This schizophrenic weather we’ve been having combined with next-season planning…all I want is a quick island getaway. Not entirely practical or possible, but intermittent snow showers, everyday grey gloom, and stress at the office have been making my mind wander to far more tropical, relaxing places. My normal color palette may be a little too underwhelming for some, but dark neutrals are my best friend. Easily combined and layered, black, white, khaki, and subtle pattern are my go-to’s no matter the occasion or destination. Though my next planned trip is in April to visit my mom in Florida, I can’t help but think of more far-away destinations. Tulum? Cuba? St. Tropez? Let your imagination decide ;)
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Tank: Rick Owens Cotton Jersey Tank
Jeans: similar style here
Sneakers: Vans Leather Authentic Espadrille

Shirtdress: McQ Alexander McQueen Poplin Shirtdress
Bomber: TopShop Camo Printed A1 Bomber
Sandals: Valentino Rockstud Flat Thong Sandal

Tee: similar styles here, here, and here
Shorts: Blank NYC Coated Shorts
Sandals: Tomas Maier Flat Gladiator Sandal
Sunglasses: similar styles here

Tank: Frame Denim Le Muscle Linen Tank
Jacket: Faith Connexion Cotton Jacket
Jeans: similar styles here
Sandals: Sam Edelman Gigi Sandals


Tote: Saint Laurent Beach Canvas Tote
Bikini: Melissa Odabash Laos Tiger-Print Bikini
Hair ties: Glam Bands Hair Ties
Lip Balm: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
Sunglasses: Saint Laurent 54mm Sunglasses
Hat: Rag & Bone Panama Hat
Sun care: Clarins Multi-Protection Broad Coverage SPF 50 Sunscreen

The Carrie Bradshaw Effect

Though it may seem cliche to my New York readers, I haven’t been able to shake the Carrie Bradshaw style mystique since moving here. Aside from my own fascination with SJP’s character, I love the no-holds-bar kind of attitude she brings to her idea of style. She takes bold risks, she experiments with color and pattern, and she wears things that only could look good because Patricia Fields makes them look good.

One of her most memorable outfits for me is a Dior tee, a midi length colorblocked princess skirt, and a head full of soft ringlets (shown with two other similarly feminine looks). Maybe its because she’s so unapologetically feminine (and I’m the total opposite); Maybe its because I just cant seem to get enough of women with rebellious curls and waves. Who knows. But that one memory influenced an outfit recently and I was surprised by the feeling—emphasis on influenced. Lord knows I will never be that girly.
Top: ASOS top | Bottom: Pieces leather belt from ASOS, Uniqlo pleated skirt | Hat: Urban Outfitters fedora | Wrist: Burberry leather bracelet, vintage watch | Shoes: Sam Edelman ballet flats | Bag: Annabel Ingall clutch

 

I wore this outfit to a ladies’ lunch date this past week and I couldn’t help but notice how great it felt to rock something a tad out of my element, i.e. ladylike. I’m typically very comfortable in my standard “uniform” of black, white, leather, rock-star-dom, but since I was meeting a girlfriend at her office and then heading to lunch I thought I’d tone it down and make myself a bit more demure.

I would like to point out: Inspiring style aside, SATC as a whole presented awful messaging to women. Fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone has said, “destructive messaging for chicks is everywhere. it starts with Disney and continues right on up to Sex and the City, which, in my opinion, ruined New York women; there is nothing more depressing than seeing four supposedly liberated girlfriends tromping down the street in thousands of dollars’ worth of clothes looking like they just spent three hours getting ready to go out and meet men.” Stylistically speaking, the show did offer insight on how to embrace your personal look and let you be you, regardless of nauseating luxury price tags.

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Kelly Cutrone quote via her first book If You Have to Cry Go Outside (pgs. 183-184)